Carl Dean Wilson is an American musician, singer and songwriter, and co-founder of the Beach Boys. He is best remembered as the lead guitarist, the younger brother of bandmates Brian and Dennis Wilson, and as the band's de facto leader in the early 1970s. The band's music on stage from 1965 until his death. Influenced by Chuck Berry and the Ventures' guitar playing, Wilson's original role in the band was the lead guitarist and backing vocals, but he sang the lead on a number of their later hits, including "God Only Knows", "Good Vi Congratulation" and "Kokomo". Unlike the other members of the band, he often performed alongside recruited studio musicians during the band's critical and commercial peak of the mid-1960s. Joining the band, Carl produced the majority of their albums between 20/20 and Holland, where production is credited as "Beach Boys".
|Birth name||Carl Dean Wilson|
|Born||December 21, 1946, Hawthorne, California, U.S.|
|Died||February 6, 1998, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass|
|Labels||Capitol, Caribou, Transparent Music|
|Associated acts||The Beach Boys, Gerry Beckley, Robert Lamm, Kenny & the Cadets|
|Website||Carl Wilson's Official site|
|IMDb||Carl Wilson's IMDb|
|Spotify||Carl Wilson's Spotify|
Guitarist and occasional lead vocalist who helped found the California surf and folk rock band The Beach Boys.
He took over leadership of The Beach Boys after his brother, Brian Wilson, stepped down due to psychological problems.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
He was the youngest of three sons, born to Murry and Audree Wilson; his father later took over the management of The Beach Boys.
He sang backup vocals on Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
- Category Carl Wilson
- Musicians from Hawthorne, Calif.
- Dennis Wilson
- Beach Boys Members
- Brian Wilson
- America's Conscientious Opponents
- Interment at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
- California Record Makers
Latest information about Carl Wilson updated on June 19 2021.